On This Day

What Happened in February 1773

Historical Events

  • Feb 26 Construction of Walnut Street Jail is approved by the state of Pennsylvania; it will become the first experiment with the practice of solitary confinement in the United States

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Vincenc Tomas Vaclav Tucek, composer

William Henry Harrison

Feb 9 William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States (Whig: March 4-April 4, 1841), born in Charles City, Virginia (d. 1841)

  • Feb 22 Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish (court)painter

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 20 Charles Emanuel III of Savoy, King of Sardinia, dies at 71